Five high schoolers bound for NBA stardom
Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 27, 2012


With the NBA Draft nearly here, we look at five high school stars who are most likely to transition best to the big time when they get their shot.

Editor's note: The high school players on this list are all a couple years away from draft eligibility due to the NBA's minimum age requirement. All classes listed are high school classes.

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
SF, Class of 2014
Huntington (W.V.) Prep

Wiggins is the clear choice for the top NBA prospect in high school basketball. At 6-foot-8, Wiggins has tremendous size and length (6-11 wingspan) for the small forward position, but he has plenty of other attributes that will translate to the next level and beyond as well. He’s a freakish athlete that has a 44-inch vertical, his handle is strong and he’s developed into a pretty good shooter from both mid-range out to three. Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, played in the NBA for six seasons.


Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker
SF, Class of 2013
Chicago (Ill.) Simeon

Like Wiggins, Parker has tremendous size for the wing spot, as he stands 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8. Parker’s ball skills and scoring ability are advanced for his age. He’s capable of scoring on the block, from mid-range or from the three. Although he’s not an explosive athlete, Parker finds ways to create space for his shot attempts and is one of the best all-around scorers in the 2013 class.


Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison
PG, Class of 2013
Richmond (Tex.) Travis

If someone is going to make a run at Parker’s pole position in the 2013 class, it’s going to be Harrison. At 6-foot-5, Harrison has unmatched size, strength and athleticism from the point guard position. To go with those attributes, he’s a strong ball handler, one of the best passers in the country and is capable of reeling off points from all three levels on the court. Harrison’s stay in college will be brief, but his NBA career should be long, as he has the potential to be a future All-Star.


Julius Randle

Julius Randle
PF, Class of 2013
Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood

The top power forward in high school basketball happens to check in at No. 4 on our list. At 6-foot-9, 233 pounds, Randle -- who recently led the U18 USA Basketball team FIBA Americas championship -- is a physical post presence that can score on the block or facing the rim. He’s skilled enough to attack off the bounce and is arguably the most physical player in high school hoops. Randle doesn’t shy away from contact and has a knack for getting to the free throw line, which he proved by going to the line 185 times in 20 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League games.

Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
SG, Class of 2013
Richmond (Tex.) Travis

Andrew Harrison’s twin brother finished No. 5 on our list. While Andrew focuses on being a point guard, Aaron is the scorer of the family. Much like his brother, Aaron, a 6-foot-5 guard, has impressive size, strength and athleticism, but his scoring ability is top notch as well. His shot from long distance is consistent, as are his pull-ups from mid-range. Harrison plays well through contact and is a nightmare to defend in transition when he’s attacking the tin.




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